I used to hate filing. Every time I tried to organise my filing system I would give up after an hour because:
- It was confusing (how do I group the paperwork?)
- It was too messy (I was trying to sort it out on the floor)
- It took too long (and there was no end in sight)
But without a decent filing system I was losing paperwork - which led to late payments on bills and more money spent as warranties were lost. Anything I didn't lose was just piling up around the house and the mess was driving me crazy.
Luckily I like a challenge, and I love organising, so I spent some time researching filing systems and now I have a system that works well for me - simple and effective.
Today I'm sharing it with you in case you need help with your filing too! So here it is:
How to Organise your Filing System
You will need:
- A filing cabinet or drawer
- Hanging file folders
- Manilla folders
- Sticky Labels
- A pen
- the Beautifully Organised Filing Label Plan (simplest filing categories ever)
Write your file labels FIRST: It will make sorting out your paperwork quicker, neater and easier because you can just pick up a pile and sort as you go. You don't need to know every label to use at the start, you can add them as you go along, but if you would like a guideline, you can use my personal filing label plan here for free, and just alter it to suit you.
Attach your labels to your hanging and manilla folders: Make sure the labels are written clearly and placed in easy to read areas on your folders. I like to put the hanging file labels on the left, and each manilla folder label on the right:
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